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Archive for April, 2017

21
Apr

How Big of a Role Does Your Family Play in Your Family’s Life?

Written by admin. Posted in Animal care, Insurance plans for your dog, Pet health insurance plans

Caring for senior dogs

Our precious Elfie is gone. Two weeks ago today, we had him put to sleep after a sudden decline in his health. Elfie was a three year old puppy when I adopted him in 2001, and he was healthy almost until the very end. A couple of years ago he went deaf, was no longer able to keep dry dog down. Neither of these things fazed him. His deafness gave him a legitimate reason to challenge me and he finally got canned dog food for every meal.
When I took him to his yearly animal care checkup in October, though, the vet found a tumor in his stomach. Because Elfie was 19 years old, I decided not to put him through the trauma of treatment. But he remained his proud self, alert, friendly, and demanding. On his last Wednesday I brought home some specialty treats from the gourmet pet care store, one of his favorites, but something I rarely did. In hindsight, I am glad I gave him this treat because the following day he woke up a different puppy.
He was listless, did not want to eat much of anything, not canned dog food, not even people food. I decided to make the difficult appointment so as not to prolong his misery. I held Elfie and petted him as the senior dog care specialist administered the shot. Elfie was gone in less than 30 seconds. It breaks my heart, but few dogs have the long and healthy life Elfie did. So in tribute to the puppy I named after my niece’s strange little Elf on the Shelf, I am planning to post 19 photos, one for each year of his life.

The Loss of Older Dogs Is Difficult for Families
Social media posts about pets are common. And while many are adorable photos a small puppy learning to make navigate up or down the stairs, other posts are about the end of life. In all of these posts, however, one thing is very common. Families love their pets. Whether it is a kitty or a puppy, animals can be wonderful companions, to the young, to the old, and to everyone in between.
With all of this in mind, then, it should come as no surprise that many Americans care for their pets as they would a child. The fact that the majority of pets are obtained from family or friends means that families with pets have an entire support system who want to know about the latest antics of the cat or dog. Christmas family photos and letters include photos, and, yes, social media posts are filled with as many pet photos as there as photos of children and grandchildren.
Many families take the extra step and look at the available coverage that is included in pet insurance plans for dogs and cats. Consider some of these facts and figures about American’s and their beloved pets.

  • 76.43 million cats are in America, meaning the U.S. has more felines than any other country.
  • 46.3 million U.S. households have a dog, which translates into 37% to 47% of all households in the country having a dog.
  • Although the majority of pets are obtained from friends and family, 28% of dogs are purchased from breeders, and 29% of cats and dogs are adopted from shelters and rescues.
  • 84% of U.S. cats are spayed or neutered.
  • $20.46 billion is spent on pet food each year in the U.S.
  • $12.56 billion is spent on pet supplies and over-the-counter medicine each year in the U.S.
  • $12.56 billion is spent on pet supplies and over-the-counter medicine each year in the U.S.
  • $13.59 billion is spent on vet care each year in the U.S.

All of these statistics go to show that Americans are very invested in their pets. When a pet is ill or injured, the owner wants to make sure that they are able to make the right decision about the care needed. for some, the decision to purchase pet insurance is the decision that allows them to give their animals the care that they need. If you find yourself petting your dog as it takes its last breath, you want to know that you gave it the best possible care.

05
Apr

There Are Over 60 Million Feral Cats In America Is Your Cat Spayed Or Neutered?

Written by admin. Posted in Animal care, Health concerns for senior dogs, Pet health

Cat insurance cost

Cats are our best friends. They make us laugh after a long day at work and comfort us when we’re feeling down. When they get sick, we do everything we can to bring them back up to speed for all the joy they’ve brought to our lives. Cat health is an ongoing learning process for cat owners, as there are always new and better ways to make sure your furry friend is living their life to the fullest. Keeping their gums healthy, eliminating the possibility of heartworms and ensuring they’re getting proper exercise are just a few of the ways you can bolster your cat’s quality of life. Health care for animals? Easily the best.

How Many Domesticated Cats Are There?

The United States loves pets. Dogs and cats are common members of the average household, with the former perfect for large families and the latter flexible enough to fit all manner of lifestyles. Boasting nearly 77 million cats as of today, America has more cats than any other country. Because of this high number cat health is an important issue for many. If you haven’t looked into pet insurance or are currently worried about your cat’s quality of life, keep reading to learn about what you can do.

How Many Feral Cats Are There?

Cats that aren’t well taken care of risk becoming feral. Think 77 million domesticated cats is a large number? There are nearly 60 million feral cats roaming the country, with that number increasing day after day due to a lack of awareness, irresponsible ownership and unchecked litters. Feral cats can negatively impact the environment, spread disease and generally cause trouble for both residents and animal control workers alike. What can you do to curb this trend and create a happier environment for both people and animals?

What Are Common Health Issues For Cats?

Although there are hundreds of health issues that can affect your cat, there are a few that are common enough to warrant vaccines, regular check-ups and dietary adjustments. Gum disease is a notorious issue for cats — if you notice your pet has gray or black spots on their gums or irregular bleeding, they may just have a gum issue. This can be curbed through veterinarian approved treats and brushing. Heartworm is another common disease that affects both cats and dogs, though this can be easily reversed with a few trips to the vet. Last, but not least, watch out for fleas and ticks! A flea collar or shampoo can buff those right out.

What Else Should I Keep An Eye Out For?

Make sure to spay or neuter your pet, regardless of whether or not they’re an outdoor or indoor cat. This way you can reduce the amount of unwanted litters and feral cats roaming the streets. Studies have shown the majority of pets are obtained from acquaintances and family members, with 28% of dogs and cats purchased from breeders and another 29% adopted from shelters or rescue centers. Just like progress doesn’t start in a day, neither does a happy and healthy cat. It’s the little things that go a long way!

How Can I Improve My Cat Health?

Pet insurance plans can reduce stress for both you and your cat. They can cover the basics for ensuring a health lifestyle for your cat, though it’s important to read the details so you don’t end up missing out anything important such as vaccinations or basic check-ups. Remember that cat health is not just physical, either — it’s emotional! Play with your cat, check up on your cat and make sure they’re active throughout the day. Common side-effects of a bored or anxious cat can include eating random items off the floor, constant meowing and lethargy. Our cats love us. Make sure you love them back!